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2.5 Million Pounds of Taquitos Recalled Over Salmonella, Listeria Risks

Nearly 2.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and beef taquitos have been recalled over concerns the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella – two types of bacteria that commonly cause serious foodborne illnesses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the recall stems from diced onions supplied to Ruiz Food Products Inc., the manufacturer of the taquitos. Ruiz Foods received a notification from its onion supplier on Oct. 16 that the onions used in the production of the taquitos could be contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella. No confirmed reports of Listeria or Salmonella infections linked to the ... Read More

Recall: Flowers Foods bread contains undeclared milk

Flowers Foods has just announced a recall of all brands of Bar-B-Q bread for containing undeclared milk. Dairy allergies are very common throughout the country. People who eat this bread unaware of its true contents can put their life at risk. There have been no illnesses reported to date. Sunbeam Bar-B-Q Bread, Bunny Bar-B-Q Bread, Flowers Deli Bar-B-Q Bread, and Ingles Pull-Apart Bar-B-Q Bread are included in this recall. Various retailers have sold this bread in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee. This a voluntary recall and Flower Foods is advising its trade customers to remove this product from sale immediately. It ... Read More

Listeria monocytogenes causes Reser’s Fine Foods to recall 109,000 cases of ready-to-eat food products

After the discovery of Liseteria monocytogenes in the food products, Reser’s Fine Foods, a food processing corporation based out of Oregon, is now recalling more than 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat containers. Listeria is an organism that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in young children, elderly people and even people with debilitated immune systems. Short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea can occur in healthy individuals once consuming the contaminated products. The listeria infection has been accountable for both miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The recalled ready-to-eat products were distributed nationwide ... Read More

FDA proposes new rules for food, drug, device recalls

Recalls of food, drugs and medical devices continue to make headlines as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) works to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and focus on compliance with current good manufacturing process (CGMP) requirements with all FDA-regulated products. As part of this effort, in January 2013 the FDA proposed a rule that would require manufacturers of food to maintain a recall plan that would evaluate the severity and scope of the recall; notify the FDA, consumers and the public; and secure insurance coverage for potential losses and liabilities. Manufacturers with no experience writing recall plans or ... Read More

Energy drinks linked to high blood pressure, heart disturbances

Energy drinks, such as Red Bull and Monster Energy, have become a popular alternative to sodas with their promise to give consumers a caffeinated boost of energy. But a new study shows that the drinks may deliver more than consumers bargain for, including potentially serious health risks such as  increased blood pressure, heart palpitations and arrhythmias, anxiety, and insomnia. Polish researchers asked 18 healthy individuals ages 20-35 to consume one of two energy drinks. One drink contained 120 milligrams of caffeine, and the other contained 360 milligrams of caffeine. For comparison, an 8-ounce of brewed coffee has between 100 and 200 ... Read More

FDA China office working to build consumer confidence in exports

A series of safety scares involving Chinese exports prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) three years ago to open an office in China to help oversee the quality of products being imported to the United States. Since then, the agency says it has made notable strides toward developing an infrastructure that better ensures product safety. Since the office opened in Beijing in November 2008, the 13-person staff has trained more than 1,600 manufacturers and regulators on United States safety standards. Much of that training involved a hands-on workshop in the cities of Hangzhou and Zhoushan, which included both classroom ... Read More

Ground turkey is the likely cause of salmonella outbreak, CDC says

An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has caused one death and at least 76 illnesses in the United States is likely linked to eating ground turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday. Federal officials continue to investigate the outbreak of Salmonella-Heidelberg, which has been reported in 26 states. Ohio and Michigan have the highest concentration of infections so far, with 10 cases each, followed by Texas, California, and Pennsylvania, which accounted for an additional 20 cases. According to the CDC, 49 percent of the ill persons with available information have reported eating ground turkey in recent ... Read More

U.S. Marshals seize food stored at rodent-infested Georgia warehouse

Acting under a court order filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized an estimated $700,000 worth of rice and other packaged food products from a rodent-infested warehouse in East Point, Georgia. FDA officials said the potentially contaminated food was stored in a warehouse operated by Sun Hong Kai Holding Inc., which does business mainly in the Southeastern U.S. as United Food Service. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued a warrant for the seizure of all FDA-regulated food stored in the warehouse in permeable containers. The federal government’s complaint alleges that the ... Read More

FDA warns food companies to change ‘misleading’ labels

Several food products on store shelves have misleading labels that violate federal law, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning companies to change those labels within 15 days or the agency will pull those products from grocery store shelves. The FDA sent warning letters to 17 different food makers last week demanding swift compliance. The companies were cited for various violations including claims that the food products treat or mitigate disease. The FDA says that such claims would mean the food would have to be relabeled as a drug, and thus would have to be approved by the ... Read More

Chinese manufacturers substitute toxic cadmium for lead

Earlier this month, the Associated Press exposed yet another disturbing Chinese trade secret when it reported that some manufacturers in China are making children’s jewelry with the highly toxic metal cadmium. Children’s jewelry now joins the growing list of dangerous and sometimes deadly products pouring into the United States from China – a list that includes toys covered with lead paint, pet food and baby formula tainted with melamine, sulfuric drywall that has ruined thousands of homes, and other poorly made or defective merchandise. Evidence suggests that Chinese manufacturers are turning to cadmium as a substitute for lead, which the ... Read More